- Apr 21, 2009
The city I live in has staked it’s entire growth strategy on developing stadium projects for minor league teams (baseball, gleague, hockey, arena football),an MLS franchise and the HQs for an NFL team and the PGA. They have done it through true private-public partnership, whereby developers had to commit to providing public works projects like schools and the facilities owners had to be make them available for local HS athletes (competitions and practices in the case of the PGA). End result is there are endless professional sports activities to choose from for families, the high school athletes benefit, we have a surplus of schools facilities and excess low-use green space….wins all around for a city that is multicultural, has one of the most productive tax bases in the state and has highly rated schools. It absolutely can be done, if the private-public partnership targets very specific public benefits that are growth oriented (education, commercial, medical, technical, etc…). Apologies to the housing advocates, but affordable housing initiatives rarely pay back and come with many regulations, so developers won’t commit.
Well, the City of Richmond owns a multi-million dollar football practice facility that's not being used by anyone, including high school teams. Yet another example of the City of Richmond government messing up a one car funeral.